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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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This is a short hilly route around the East Bay Hills on Tunnel Rd and Skyline Blvd to Grizzly Peak Blvd. It continues on the newly paved Wildcat Canyon Rd through Tilden Park before descending into Orinda for lunch at Theatre Square. The route takes Moraga Way into Moraga and heads south on Canyon Rd to Pinehurst Rd for the beautiful jaunt under the redwoods to the climb out of the canyon to Skyline Blvd.

This ride meets up at the Lake Temescal parking lot off Broadway in Oakland.

We begin with an immediate climb on Broadway to the Fwy Overpass; it’s 0.7 mile with gradient ranges of 5-7%. The Fwy Overpass takes us over Hwy 24 to Caldecott Ln.

Tunnel Rd up to Skyline Blvd at Grizzly Peak Blvd is 3.2 miles with an average grade 4.3%; it’s a nice steady climb that winds its way up through the hillside neighborhoods with multi-level homes.

The climb offers fantastic views of the East Bay and its surrounding hills.

The upper section of the road runs along the ridge through the eucalyptus groves to the intersection at Grizzly Peak Blvd. Enjoy the city views!


South Grizzly Peak Blvd begins with 2 miles of scenic rolling terrain along the ridge top of the Berkeley Hills with stunning views of SF Bay.





The road winds around the ridge and quickly descends to the intersection at Claremont Ave/Fish Ranch Rd.

South Grizzly Peak Blvd tilts up and climbs out of the canyon with an average grade of 5.7% to the Steam Trains at Tilden Park.

The road levels out for a short section to S Park Dr and kicks up for a short climb up to the summit of Frowning Ridge. Look to the west and enjoy the spectacular ridge top views!


The descent on Grizzly Peak Blvd to the stop sign at Centennial and Golf Course Rd is fairly technical with many tight turns. With the smooth new road surface, it’s very easy to catch yourself going much faster than necessary-use caution! The road continues descending through the residential neighborhoods around the Berkeley Hills to Wildcat Canyon.

The newly repaved Wildcat Canyon Rd from Spruce/Grizzly through Tilden Park towards the Island Picnic Area is about 1.9 miles; it runs about 25 feet short to the Contra Costa County line-go figure. The smooth pavement is absolutely fabulous!

The road continues on rolling terrain for the next few miles to Inspiration Point before winding down the hill to Camino Pablo.

We head SE on Camino Pablo to Brookwood Rd and Moraga Way to our lunch stop at the Theatre Square in Orinda.

The route continues SE on Moraga Way through Orinda into Moraga; the terrain on this busy two lane road is fairly flat with a decent shoulder area.

The turn on Andrew Dr leads us onto Country Club Dr; this is a short detour to Canyon Rd.

The flat terrain on Canyon Rd leads to the bridge crossing over Moraga Creek. The road begins to climb up pass the EBMUD Valle Vista Staging Area with grades of 4-6% and winds down into the canyon to Pinehurst Rd.

South Pinehurst Rd begins on gentle rolling terrain for the first 2.7 miles on an old railroad grade under the shade of the gorgeous redwood forest. It follows the curves of San Leandro Creek to the small community of Canyon.

It continues in and out of the canopy of trees to the hairpin turn at the gated trail head to Huckleberry Regional Preserve. At the switchback, the road tilts up through the canyon for the next 0.8 miles with an average grade of 4.7%.

The next hairpin turn comes at mile 34.2 at the orange 10 mph sign; this is the steepest section of Pinehurst-it’s a 0.5 mile climb with 9-12% grades to the top at Skyline Blvd.

The rolling terrain on Skyline Blvd leads to the descent on Tunnel Rd.

Enjoy the spectacular bay views on Tunnel Rd!



DSCN3812-2We descend Caldecott Ln to Broadway back to Lake Temescal.

This route packs in plenty of hills and outstanding views within a fairly short distance; it’s quality of miles over quantity of miles!

Garmin Stats:
36.51 Miles with 3245′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 1640′
Max grade: 12%
Terrain: Extremely hilly

Weather: Sunny and warm with temps ranging from the low 60’s to the low 90’s. NW winds with 77% humidity

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One Comment

  1. Fantastic! Wonderful ride journal and pics as usual, Nancy…. Thanks for posting. One of these days i’m gonna just have to play hooky and go on a Wednesday Ride outing! Nice to see all those Grizzlies out enjoying the day….

    Sherie, Thanks-See you out on the roads! Nancy


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